10 Crazy French Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Annette Smith

Are you hunting the Internet for ten crazy French movies? Your search is over. Here is a list of ten must-see movies produced in France. All of them are crazy in their own way; crazy-funny, crazy-sexy, crazy-scary, and just plain crazy-good! The movies are listed in order of release date. Check them out, and get ready for some outrageous movie viewing.

  1. “Crazy In The Noodle.” “Crazy In The Noodle,” originally titled “Comme un cheveu sur la soupe,” is a 1957 French comedy. This silly black-and-white vaudeville movie is typical of post-war French movies. The film stars Louis de Funès, Nadine Tallier, and Christian Duvaleix.
  2. “Barbarella.” “Barbarella” is a French sci-fi movie from 1968, based on the “Barbarella” comics by Jean-Claude Forest. It’s an adventure film about a sexual woman charged with stopping the evil doctor, Durand-Durand. Jane Fonda stars in this crazy-sexy film, which co-stars John Phillip Law and Anita Pallenberg.
  3. “Rookies Run Amok.” “Rookies Run Amok,” originally titled “Les bidasses en folie,” is a 1971 war comedy-drama. This funny French film is also known as “Crazy Boys Private War.” Featuring crazy, slapstick hippie comedy, the film stars Jean-Guy Fechner, Gérard Filipelli, and Luis Rego.
  4. “Taxi 2.” “Taxi 2,” also called “Taxi, Taxi,” is a 2000 French crime-action drama. A sequel to the 1998 film “Taxi,” it is followed by “Taxi 3.” One of the film’s highlights is a crazy parkour chase sequence. The film stars Samy Naceri, Emma Wiklund, and Frédéric Diefenthal.
  5. “Amelie.” “Amelie” is a whimsical romantic comedy from 2001. Its focus is a naïve Parisian girl, whose personal sense of justice leads her to change the lives of the people around her. This popular French film stars Audrey Tautou, Rufus, and Mathieu Kassovitz.
  6. “Brotherhood Of The Wolf.” “Brotherhood Of The Wolf,” originally titled “Le pacte des loups,” is a historical drama and horror movie. Set in 18th century France, it follows a Frenchman and his native American friend, sent to investigate a series of killings by a mysterious beast. Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, and Vincent Cassel star in this scary French movie from 2001.
  7. “Vidocq.” “Vidocq,” also known as “Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq,” is a 2001 French-Belgian fantasy film. Described by one fan as a “crazy cool French flick,” the movie tells of a famous detective who disappear fighting an alchemist, and the young biographer who wants to avenge his death. The film stars Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, and Inés Sastre.
  8. “C.R.A.Z.Y.” No list of crazy French movies would be complete without the comedy known as “C.R.A.Z.Y.” This 2005 French film focuses on the extraordinary lives of some very ordinary people. Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, and Danielle Proulx star in this one-of-a-kind family drama. 
  9. “Inside.” “Inside,” originally titled “À l'intérieur,” is a shocking French horror movie. Just months after her husband’s death, a young woman is tormented by a woman who wants her unborn child. The 2007 film stars Béatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, and Nathalie Roussel. 
  10. “OSS 117: Lost in Rio.” “OSS 117: Lost in Rio,” originally titled “OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus,” is a crazy 2009 adventure film based on the novels of Jean Bruce. A parody of the original OSS 117 films of the 1950's, this movie follows the adventures of a French secret agent. The film stars Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, and Rüdiger Vogler.